There appears to be a lot of myths about the ‘dog days’ of summer, but the most relevant one is that it refers to anything that is slow, lazy or languishing, which makes sense because when it’s this hot no one wants to do anything, although if your tempted to brave 85+ degree temperatures, here are some ideas to cool off.
Go to a movie matinee. Not only will you sit in the comfort of a darkened air-conditioned room, you’ll also be entertained at the same time. And, don’t forget the popcorn; plenty of butter, please.
Better yet, why not splash around in one of those fun for the whole family water parks popping up all over the place. Many county recreation departments have built water parks as part of their overall recreation program, and there are plenty of private coporations that have built water parks with lots of features like ocean-like waves, tubes and body slides. Although some water parks might be a feature at a hotel or resort, most offer day passes so you don’t necessarily have to check in to splash around.
For instance, if you went to the Americana Conference Resort and Spa in Niagara Falls (Ontario), Canada, you could purchase a 4-hour day pass (plenty of time to get pruned fingers and toes) and splash around in their Waves Indoor Waterpark, or if your a member of the military, then you might enjoy the Splish and Splash Water Park at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys in South Korea.
How about a water mountain – found in the waterpark, a key attraction at Elitch Garden Amusement Park in Denver, Colorado . . . . and, although not a typical water park, Millenium Park in Chicago, Illinois offers a fun way to cool off.
Here are some cool names associated with waterparks: Rain Fortress, Ocean Commotion Wavepool, Lazy River, Mountain Screamer, Southern Pipeline, Water Trampoline, Geyser Fountain, the Big Splash, Flowrider Surfing, Tidal Wave, Frantic Atlantic, Splashtacular Place, Mon Tsunami wave pool, Soak Zone, Lake Harmony, Thunder Run Tube Slide, Boogie Bear Surf, Vortex and Spin Cycle, Master Blaster, Rio Rapids, Splash Attack and so on. I’m getting the ‘chills’ just thinking about all these wet cool places . . .
Want help in locating some great watering holes? Visit this site for a map that will point you to a cooling off place near you.